Watch winder?

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    Watch winder?

    My mother-in law recently gave me her late husband's watches and Steinhausen winder (winds 4 watches). This is hardly a great winfall, though, and I now possess a fake Rolex, a fake Panerai, a fake Montres Allison (impressive, but fake nonetheless), a real Vostok (gaudy) and several reproduction navy canteen watches. All in all, nothing I would ever wear. There again, I can't get rid of them either, lest I invite lifelong reproach.

    The winder is real, though, and I understand these don't come cheap. Unfortunately, it seems to be on the fritz.

    Do I really need a winder? My vintages amount to a Gruen, a '60s Seamaster and an unrestored Buren (plus a manual wind Cyma). None have complications above a date window. The gent who services my watches tells me they're more of an indulgence than anything, and unless I have a bunch of chronos or more watches than I know what to do with, the winder isn't really necessary.

    In other words, is it worth getting the thing repaired, or just to use it as fancy storage?

    Cheers,

    Jim

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    Re: Watch winder?

    I would just use it as fancy storage - I am not a great believer in watch winders...

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    Re: Watch winder?

    .... and come to think of it, was the hell is a Montres Allison - was this a 'real' watchmaker, or were they some sort of Franklin Mint-type scam? I really can't find much at all on this outfit, so I'm guessing its the latter.

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    Re: Watch winder?

    I have a watch winder. It is pretty cool. I keep my two modern watches in it. I still have to give them a wind about once a week. My vintages (including the automatics) all get hand wound every day. It gives me a chance to bond with them.


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